Plant Species

Plant Species That Do Well in Northern Wisconsin Rain Gardens

Below is a list of all the plants we used in our rain gardens (as well as a few extras!). If you are planning to install a rain garden, please check with a landscaper or a botanist at the local university about plants that are indigenous in your area. For a complete list of rain garden plants, visit "Plants for Stormwater Design", Species Selection for the Upper Midwest, written by Daniel Shaw and Rusty Schmidt.

Common Name


Scientific Name

Bloom Time

Plants For Dry Edges of Rain Garden

Aronia melanocarpa
May - July
*anise hyssop
*Agastache foeniculum
July - September
*prairie onion
*Allium stellatum
July - October
*big bluestem
*Andropogon gerardii
August - October
*Anemone cylindrica
May - July
*Aquilegia canadensis
May - June
*black chokeberry
*Aronia melanocarpa
*upland white aster
*Aster ptarmicoides
August - October
*Campanula rotundifolia
June - September
*lanceleaf coreopsis
*Coreopsis lanceolata
May - July
*purple coneflower
*Echinacea purpurea
July - September
*Canada wild rye
*Elymus canadensis
May - August
*Epilobium angustifolium
June - August
*rough blazing star
*Liatris aspera
July - September
*wild bergamot
*Monarda fistulosa
July - September
*dotted mint
*Monarda punctata
July - September
*yellow coneflower
*Ratibida pinnata
July - September
*black-eyed Susan
*Rudbeckia hirta
August - October
*little bluestem
*Schizachyrium scoparium
August - October
*stiff goldenrod
*Solidago rigida
August - September
*Indian grass
*Sorghastrum nutans
August - September
Plants For Wet Middle of Rain Garden

balsam fir
Abies balsamea

Acer saccharinum
February - March
sweet flag
Acorus calamus
May - June
maidenhair fern
Adiantum pedatum

swamp milkweed
Asclepias incarnata
June - August
common milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
June - August
Drummond’s aster
Aster drumondii
July - September
marsh aster
Aster lucidulus
August - October
New England aster
Aster novae-angliae
August - November
marsh aster
Aster puniceus
August - October
swamp aster
Aster puniceus
August - October
lady fern
Athyrium filix-femina

river birch
Betula nigra
April - May
Canada bluejoint grass
Calamagrostis canadensis
June - July
bottlebrush sedge
Carex comosa
May - July
fox sedge
Carex vulpinoidea
May - July
Chelone glabra
July - October
red-osier dogwood
Cornus sericea
May - July
showy tick trefoil
Desmodium canadense
July - August
Joe Pye weed
Eupatorium maculatum
July - September
Eupatorium perfoliatum
June - August
Helenium autumnale
August - September
false sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides
June - August

blue flag iris
Iris versicolour
June - July
prairie blazing star
Liatris pychnostachya
August - September
cardinal flower
Lobelia cardinalis
July - September
great blue lobelia
Lobelia siphilitica
July - September
ostrich fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris

cinnamon fern
Osmunda cinnamomea

large-flowered beardtongue
Penstemon grandiflora
June - July
obedient plant
Physostegia virginiana
August - September
Jacob’s ladder
Polemonium reptans
April - June
green-headed coneflower
Rudbeckia laciniata
August - September
cup plant
Silphium perfoliatum
July - September
false Solomon’s seal
Smilacina racemosa
May - June
white cedar
Thuja occidentalis

large-flowered trillium
Trillium grandiflora
April - June
large-flowered bellwort
Uvularia grandiflora
May - June
blue vervain
Verbena hastata
July - September
Vernonia fasciculata
July - September
Culver’s root
Veronicastrum virginianum
July - August
Viburnum lentago
May - July
highbush cranberry
Viburnum opulus
May - July
arrowwood viburnum
Viburnum rafinesquianum
May - July
golden Alexander
Zizia aurea
May - July
Ferns do not produce flowers, but they do put up fertile stalks in the spring

watering garden clipart

Link to Nitty Gritty Garden
Nitty Gritty

Link to Butterfly Blossoms Garden
Butterfly Blossoms

Link to Prairie Hillside Garden
Prairie Hillside

Link to Neighborhood Nook Rain Garden
Neighbor-hood Nook

Link to Queen's Greens Garden
Queens Greens

Link to Bluebell Dell Rain Garden
Bluebell Dell

Link to Superior Middle School Rain Garden
Middle School

link to Barker's Island Rain Garden